Administering Idaho's Workers' Compensation Law

Session and Speaker Descriptions

(UPDATED-10/27/15)

Please see below for Annual Seminar session and speaker descriptions.

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For more information, contact Public Information Specialist Dara Barney at (208) 334-6013 or Dara.Barney@iic.idaho.gov.

Keynote Address (9-10:30 a.m.):

Shaking the Foundation of Workers’ Compensation

Thomas Lynch, President and Founder at Lynch Ryan Tech, LLC (Handout)

Thomas Lynch will present our keynote presentation this year, and focus in on the foundation of workplace forces (both on a local and national level) contributing to some major changes in the workers’ compensation industry. Topics will include robotic advancement, the economy and age of workers.

Lynch has represented Lynch Ryan in print, speaking engagements and television and radio interviews throughout the nation. Lynch Ryan, a management loss consulting company, is headquartered in Shirley, MA. In 2003, Lynch and Lynch Ryan created Workers Comp Insider, the nation’s first insurance blog.

Morning Breakout Sessions (10:45-11:45 a.m.):

Injured Workers are People Too

Mark Pew, Senior Vice President at PRIUM (Handout)

Treating an injured worker as just a number or claimant can create obstacles to their return to function. This presentation will offer affirmative insights and best practices that could change perspectives and provide key take-aways that could improve outcomes by altering the relational dynamics.

Pew develops strategies for managing the overutilization of prescription drugs in workers’ compensation and educates stakeholders. He created PRIUM’s Medical Intervention Program in 2003.

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Ethical Issues for Attorneys in Areas Surrounding WC

Josh Sears, Esq. President/Attorney at Freestone Corp. Law (Handout)

This presentation will address specific Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct in relation to FMLA and ADA and the challenges of firing an employee (injured or not).

Sears’ expertise includes ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Healthcare Reform. Sears is a regular speaker for clients, industry/state government groups, and community organizations on a variety of employee benefit and human resource topics. Sears maintains a solo practice with Freestone Corporate Law.

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Employers & Employees: Have We Forgotten How to Have Fun?

Bruce Christopher, Clinical Psychologist and Speaker (Handout)

Studies have shown that people with a positive attitude get sick less often, have better relationships and are more successful in their careers. Unfortunately, there is a “fun-crisis” happening in corporate America. Due to performance overload, stress on the job, and unpredictable changes in the workplace, a lot of people are not having fun at work. The objective of this program is to provide the factors and formulas for fun which will increase individual and team performance.

Christopher has spoken at the Million Dollar Round Table Conference, London’s Royal College of Surgeons, and the Mayo Clinic. He is a practicing supervising clinical psychologist holding degrees in professional psychology and interpersonal communications. He speaks more than150 times each year and is a speaker in the Fortune 500, and numerous medical/dental
conferences.

After Lunch Session (1-2 p.m.):

A Look at Workers’ Compensation in 2020

Bob Wilson, President and CEO at WorkersCompensation.com (Handout)

Wilson will also talk about the future of workers’ compensation in Idaho and the United States. Along with Keynote Speaker Thomas Lynch, contributing factors include changing demographics, automation and the economy. But Wilson will take more of a claims-related approach, while Lynch delves into workplace logistics. Wilson will also look into psychosocial issues in workers’ compensation.

Wilson is a founding partner, President & CEO of WorkersCompensation.com, based in Sarasota, Florida. He has presented at seminars and conferences on a variety of topics, related to both technology within the workers’ compensation industry, and bettering the workers’ compensation system through improved employee/employer relations and claims management techniques.

Afternoon Sessions (2:15-3:15 p.m.):

Injured Workers are People Too

Mark Pew, Senior Vice President at PRIUM (Handout)

For those of you that missed his morning session, Pew will take the stage again. Treating an injured worker as just a number or claimant can create obstacles to their return to function. This presentation will offer affirmative insights and best practices that could change perspectives and provide key take-aways that could improve outcomes by altering the relational dynamics.

Pew develops strategies for managing the overutilization of prescription drugs in workers’ compensation and educates stakeholders. He created PRIUM’s Medical Intervention Program in 2003.

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Navigating Evidence-Based Medicine and Utilization Reviews

Diane Green, COO and Principal at OEHN (Handout)

Both evidence-based medicine (EBM) and utilization reviews (UR) are becoming hot topics in workers’ compensation locally and nationally. The core goal of medical management is to deliver the right treatment to the patient; all else surrounds and supports this goal. Green will describe the ins and outs of EBM and URs, and why it is applicable to workers’ compensation. She will also cover relation between judicial process and laws.

Green has worked for several large group health and workers’ compensation carriers and managed care organizations. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the group health, disability and workers’ compensation claim and managed care areas.

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Degenerative Knee Conditions

Dr. Keith Holley, Orthopaedic Surgeon at St. Alphonsus Medical Group (Handout)

Dr. Holley will discuss an overview of common occupational knee injuries and how to navigate the issues that arise in workers’ compensation claims in determining causality.

Dr. Holley is in full time active practice at St. Alphonsus Medical Group in Nampa, Idaho. He is also the medical director at Objective Medical Assessments Corporation, and is an Independent Medical Examiner.

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What MSA’s Mean for Workers’ Comp.

Jonella Windell, Esq. Medicare Secondary Payer Coordinator & Team Lead/Point of Contact for MSP issues in Region 10 at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Handout)

Session will cover Medicare’s statutory interest in workers’ comp. claims/settlements and how Medicare protects those interests. Topics will include the responsibility of employers/insurers, providers and beneficiaries to consider Medicare through mandatory reporting and Medicare Set-Asides. Windell will also discuss the practical aspects of MSAs including submission, approval and administration.

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“E.Q.” Utilization & How to Use It at Work

Bruce Christopher, Clinical Psychologist and Speaker (Handout)

Christopher takes the stage once again later in the afternoon. Recent research has uncovered a new dimension for success: It is called “Emotional Intelligence” and it is highly linked to personal and professional accomplishment. In this presentation, attendees will explore their own E.Q.’s and find out how well they handle themselves, other people, and their emotions.

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Guest speakers are invited to provide information on various topics related to the workers’ compensation field. While the Commission discusses topics in advance with speakers, we do not attempt to control content of the presentations or instructional materials. Statements made by speakers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Industrial Commission, nor are such statements endorsed as the policy of the Industrial Commission.

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